Search Results: "Alice Walker"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1983

"Thoughtful, intelligent, resonant musings."
For poet and novelist Walker (The Color Purple), racism is like the "creeping kudzu vine that swallows whole forests and abandoned houses; if you don't keep pulling up the roots it will grow back faster than you can destroy it." Read full book review >

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IN LOVE & TROUBLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1973

"But the real stuff is nice as ever."
A collection of stories about black women in love and trouble which amounts to the same thing. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1982

"A lovely, painful book: Walker's finest work yet."
Walker (In Love and Trouble, Meridian) has set herself the task of an epistolary novel—and she scores strongly with it. Read full book review >

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LIVING BY THE WORD by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 1988

"At best, then, a companion piece to Walker's fiction, especially when read selectively with an eye towards the techniques and ideas driving her narratives."
This surprisingly uneven collection of essays, addresses, journal entries, and casual writings covers the period from 1973 through 1987, and stands in sharp contrast to the high watermark of the author's The Color Purple (1982). Read full book review >

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TO HELL WITH DYING by Alice Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"A Fine story of deep feeling."
In a short story produced as a picture book, a well-known novelist (The Color Purple) depicts the loving relationship between Mr. Sweet, "a diabetic and an alcoholic and a guitar player," and the girl who narrates the story. Read full book review >

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MERIDIAN by Andre Bernard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 1976

"Like the resolution (to which they are tangential), they seem mandated by history rather than invoked by the story."
The Third Life of Grange Copeland (1970) cuts a swathe through southern black life, 19201965, as straight and distinct as a furrow. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1979

"Indeed it is—and fittingly presented at last."
Zora Neale Hurston, who left her Florida home at 14 to become a maid, became instead part of the Harlem Renaissance and one of America's most prolific black women writers during her 30-year career as novelist, journalist, and folklorist (Franz Boas-trained). Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD WOMAN DOWN by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1981

A thin, often didactic, largely disappointing collection of stories from an enormously gifted author of short fiction (In Love & Trouble) and novels—whose storytelling powers seem wasted on the generally simple-minded material here. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"Life-affirmative and eccentrically inspirational."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of imparts life lessons and sage wisdom through the care and feeding of a delightful flock of chickens. Read full book review >

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POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1992

"Female circumcision is a terrible travesty, but neither it nor Walker's talent is well served by this overwrought novel."
Here and there tantalizing remnants of the writing that made The Color Purple such a critical success, but for the most part Walker's latest is held hostage to an agenda—the eradication of female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East—a cause to which she will be contributing a portion of the royalties. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPLE OF MY FAMILIAR by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1989

"Others will enjoy its quirky ebb and flow, but bemoan its smugness and unfortunate tendency to turn characters into mouthpieces."
Walker follows the vast critical and popular success of The Color Purple (1982) with a sprawling mixture of feminism and spirituality centered on six characters searching for their identities and roots. Read full book review >